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Rays Travel to Texas for Season Opener

MIA football team barrels through banner to open its preseason game with Gateway Charter School on August 21.

By Roger LaLonde Coach Greg Fowler gave his Marco Island Academy (MIA) football team a passing grade after a 26-21 preseason home loss to Gateway Charter on August 21. The Rays travel to Bullard, Texas to play in the Brookhill Football Classic against Edgewater, Texas at 7 PM on Friday, August 28 The statistics didn’t count in the preseason battle against Gateway Charter School, but overall Fowler was pleased. “We probably ran for 200 yards and threw for 150,” Fowler said. “We made adjustments at half time that gave us momentum that we expect to carry forward [against Edgewater].” Fans ... Read More »

Trump: A Friend’s Perspective Roy Eaton’s Friendship with Trump Spans Decades

Donald Trump today. Photo by The Trump Organization

By Don Manley It’s hard to turn on the television or read anything pertaining to American politics without encountering the name Donald Trump. The real estate mogul, reality show star, author and now, politician, has captured the national news media’s attention, if not the country’s, with his bold and provocative remarks while on the campaign trail. “The Donald,” with his outsized personality, showman’s flamboyance, plainspoken pronouncements, and high-profile business dealings and personal life, has long been a lightning rod for controversy. Now, it is his campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee that has attracted both ardent support and ... Read More »

Island Life Comes to Marco

Kevin and Amanda Ray and their daughter Alyssia, of
Iowa, enjoy some beach time on Marco Island.

By Don Manley The allure of Marco Island’s upscale, subtropical, waterfront lifestyle will once again be on display for a national audience thanks to HGTV. “Island Life,” the cable network’s new show that depicts the experiences of families moving to their island dream home, has filmed two episodes on Marco this month. The show follows the families during their realtor-assisted search for a home that fits into their budget, whether it be something ultra-affordable or the sky’s the limit. The show also shines a light on each island’s natural wonders, dining, shopping and other amenities. “I think “Island Life” really ... Read More »

Community Center Unveiled

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The building design for the new Mackle Park Community Center was unveiled at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) meeting Tuesday, August 18th. The total square footage of the center, including covered areas, is 12,054. The overall consensus of the committee was positive. The committee, in a motion by Dr. Carlos Portu, agreed to review the plans in more detail during a workshop to be held on September 1st at 3:00 PM. The architect, Victor Latavish, AIA, who also designed the Fiala Community Center in East Naples, will be present. The plans include an ... Read More »

Farmers Market Vendor Application Process to Open

Shoppers can always find fresh fruit and other produce at the Farmers Market.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of the highlights of each season is the return of the Farmers Market. This year, from November 18, 2015 to April 13, 2016, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Veteran’s Community Park will host the City of Marco Island’s Farmers Market. Part of what makes Marco’s Farmers Market so special is the abundance of farm-fresh produce and unique products. Local artists show their talents along with florists, bakers and craftsmen. Shoppers can find everything from fresh herbs to local honey, natural soaps and handmade jewelry. Alex Galiana, the city’s Administrative and ... Read More »

Collaboration, Team Effort Key to Success of MIA Expansion

Two brand-new  modulars at MIA will serve as science labs. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff When Marco Island Academy opens its doors on Monday, August 17, students will be greeted by two brand-new science labs. This year the young school reached full capacity with 250 students. To accommodate additional students, two modular classrooms have been added to the campus. Keeping true to its STEM curriculum, the new modulars will be used as labs for chemistry/physics and biology classes. Planning for the project began last September, when MIA’s board of directors examined the school’s needs and planned for future growth. The addition of the two new modulars, build-out, infrastructure, interior and ... Read More »

Marco Teen Ariana Garousi Travels to Tanzania

On safari in the Ngorongoro crater; in the background are zebras and wildebeest. PHOTO BY KELSEY HUEBNER

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Most teens, and adults for that matter, have a hard time being without their cell phones, internet and other technology- even for a short period of time. But this summer 17-year-old Ariana Garousi stepped away not only from technology, but virtually every other creature comfort in order to explore the world while serving others. From June 30 to July 23, Ariana travelled with a group called Rustic Pathways to Tanzania, Africa. A total of 11 teens from all over the world joined her on the trip. For the first week, the teens climbed Mount Kilimanjaro ... Read More »

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Burson!

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SUBMITTED Wanda Day and Gene Burson would like to announce their marriage. They were married at Naples City Hall on August 7, 2015. Dick and Debra Shanahan were their best man and matron of honor. After the ceremony the couples celebrated with friends at Vergina Restaurant in Naples, and then went on to the Bistro Soleil on Marco Island for dinner and more celebrating. The Bursons will continue to reside on Marco Island. Read More »

Turkey… Syria… and Beyond…

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com The readers are probably aware of the fact that Turkey, over the past two months, has been run by an interim government. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was deprived of its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002. This situation has altered the center of power in Turkish politics and has also forced the AKP into a compromised foreign policy. The leadership of the AKP is now in “negotiations” with the main opposition parties CHP, MHP and HDP. President Tayyip Erdogan is AKP’s unofficial boss. As demanded by the Turkish Constitution, ... Read More »

Historic Site #4: Tin City 1200 Fifth Avenue South

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Around the time that Naples was founded in 1886, the waterfront area was attracting wealthy tourists and investors. In the 1920’s economic activity was centered around the tin-roofed buildings, as this part of the Gordon River became the heart of Naples’ fishing industry, including clam shelling, oyster processing, boat construction and maintenance. In the 1970’s seven of Tin City’s old buildings were transformed to become “The Old Marine Marketplace” with a mixture of shops and restaurants. Today, Tin City holds its historic old Florida charm and is home to over 30 unique shops, waterfront restaurants ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: Roger Raymond

Roger Raymond at his desk. 
Raymond has been with MICMS since the beginning,
formulating its sports program. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde Roger Raymond has stepped down as athletic director at the Marco Island Academy. Kelly Monnot, dean of students, and successful volleyball coach, takes over. I have known Roger Raymond since we met when the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) was getting off the ground some 17 years ago. His “aw shucks” straight ways caught me off guard when so many were playing it politically correct to get what turned out to be one of, if not the best, charter schools in Florida. There were many key people who believed in the absolute need for the school. ... Read More »

Leadership Marco in Session: History

Lunch break at Snook Inn.

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com The Leadership Marco sessions are underway! On August 12, History was the subject and the class of 2015 learned about the heritage of Marco Island. Laura Schneider of Iberiabank gave Coastal Breeze a great recap of a most educational adventure. Class began with a trip to the Marco Island History Museum where Craig Woodward guided them on a tour of the exhibits and local history. The group then hopped aboard the bus for a trip to local landmarks around the island. “I’ve lived here for 10 years, and there is a lot I didn’t know,” says ... Read More »

Meet Marco: Alex Galiana

The Galiana Family. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Marco Island is a great community. This is the first in a series which profiles some of the City employees that make it that way. Meet Alex Galiana. Alex works for the Parks and Recreation Department as the Administrative and Facilities Manager. He is tasked with overseeing all the duties and facilities that go into the recreation activities of the Parks and Recreation department. “I wear many hats in my position,” explains Alex. “On the administrative side, I prepare the budgets, three of them, for the recreation departments. All the administrative and financial responsibilities fall in ... Read More »

Tarik Ayasun Speaks at JCMI Deli Night

Four JCMI chefs (from left) Bernie Seidman, Bert Thompson, George Karpman and Don Schwartz.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Friday, August 14, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) opened its doors for a Deli Night featuring speaker Tarik Ayasun. Prior to Shabbat services and Tarik’s speech, sixty guests noshed and kibitzed in the social hall. Guests enjoyed the feast of pastrami and corned beef sandwiches on rye, with all the traditional accompaniments you would find at a real New York City deli. JCMI chefs Bernie Seidman, Bert Thompson, George Karpman and Don Schwartz prepared for the event for two days. They showed their culinary skills with fresh homemade coleslaw, potato salad and pasta ... Read More »

Seafood (BBQ + Music) / FRESH = Saltwater Blues

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By Don Manley & Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com It’s a simple equation and you don’t have to be a mathematician to appreciate it. Gulf seafood – awesome, smoked BBQ and fun music all come together at Saltwater Blues on 951 just south of the I-75 interchange. (Yes, yes, we all know it’s where Cracklin’ Jacks used to be). Chef Mark Shores, a Lely High School graduate, opened Saltwater Blues in June of this year. He and his wife, Anne, had a couple M&M Down Home Diners in Collier County 14-15 years ago, but closed them. “My wife, last year, said, ‘Why ... Read More »

Invaders Among Us

River otters (seen here), 
raccoons, possum, deer and other animals are on the python menu. In some areas of South Florida populations are down as much as 90%! PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Let’s take a short trip back in time. Florida has stabilized from thousands of years of climatic turmoil. Sea levels have risen close to what we know in the present day, and the weather has settled as well. It is the year 3,000 B.C. and we are native to this land. We do not farm, but depend on the land and the sea to provide our food. It is plentiful. Fish, rays, mollusks, turtles and much more sea life fulfill our dietary needs, with just a small dependence on land animals as well. As we ... Read More »

Who Will Miss Me When I’m Gone?

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net On an early Monday morning (was it last week?) I was verbally accosted by an obviously upset senior citizen. (You’ll notice I refrained from saying an “irritable old coot” which I found out a couple of years ago is politically incorrect and lit up my e-mails for weeks on end, even though the person was a blatant card carrying I.O.C. and not to be confused with a kind, understanding sixty-one year old kid and loyal AARP member such as yours truly!) When I finally calmed him down, I asked what exactly his problem was. “That ... Read More »

Easy Money?

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ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The influences on stock prices are so numerous and so complex that no person has ever been able to predict the trend of stock prices with consistent success.” ~ As stated by Sir John Templeton in August, 1958. Question: Once again, there is talk all over the news of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. Please explain why they would raise rates and how it would affect the economy. I’m not clear on the relationship between these two variables. Answer: Let’s start by examining the role interest rates play in the overall economy. In the ... Read More »

The Greenest Grass

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MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “He who is not content with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” – Socrates   I just returned from a truly special family vacation. My husband and I rented a log home nestled in the mountains of Colorado, and along with our children and their families, we spent seven days together exploring the 120-acre home site. Located seven winding, rolling miles from the nearest town, we ate our meals at the big wooden table using the groceries we carried in. We took a few day trips ... Read More »

Protecting Yourself From the Summer Sun When Out on the Water

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Many flats fishermen have their boats set up for efficient casting. This involves minimizing items in the boat that can create obstacles and snags. Many anglers fishing out of flats boats do not have bimini tops or T-tops for this reason. Because of this, there is no shade or any way to duck out of the direct sun. You have to dress properly to stay cool and prevent sun exposure. Out on the water, you have sun baking you from two directions. The most obvious is from above, but few think about reflection. The ... Read More »